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The Habit of Rivers

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The story of a passion for rivers, trout, and fly fishing, and their sustaining power.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by The Lyons Press (first published 1994)
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John Hyland
Apr 27, 2014 John Hyland rated it it was amazing
A great read. It's refreshing to encounter a writer who takes seriously--and wrestles with--the ethics and problems of fishing, and what it means to walk the banks of rivers. I particularly enjoyed the eighth chapter's discussion of language and rivers. But great moments are throughout, for instance:

"Fishing in general has always seemed to me a form of subversion. In a world that insists upon 'means' and 'ends,' that dooms every path to a destination, fishing elides the categories and so slips t
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Peter Graff
May 18, 2015 Peter Graff rated it it was amazing
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Bob
Mar 09, 2011 Bob rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every fisherman I know
Recommended to Bob by: David Abelson
A beautiful, passionate, humorous, delightful book about fly-fishing as a metaphor for life, in every respect. Leeson fishes Central Oregon when he's not a professor at Oregon State, and he writes evocatively of every aspect of fishing - from the flies themselves to the lakes, rivers and streams he fishes (many of which I have fished, alone and with dear friends). Some laugh-out-loud observations about fishing, fishermen and life generally, and some wonderful insights into our passions and prede ...more
Ron Patch
Jan 10, 2014 Ron Patch rated it it was amazing
A classic!
Elocin
Nov 03, 2013 Elocin rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this one. I'm going to buy a copy.
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